Enter and exit from interactions: micro-transitions in family triads

TitleEnter and exit from interactions: micro-transitions in family triads
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCigala A, Fruggeri L, Marozza G, Venturelli E
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published12/2010
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
Keywordscoordination, emotional tuning, family, micro-transitions, triadic relations

The aim of the research is studying how the components of normative family triads coordinate in micro-transitions, that is in those situations of everyday life that imply rapid changes in roles, positions and interactions. For this purpose, 14 triads composed of mother, father and a 4 year old child have been observed in laboratory while playing together in a setting where they were asked to change their interactive configuration three times. For the analysis, we elaborated some categories able to point out the processes embedded in the micro-transitional dynamics (separation-entrust-welcoming-joining; triadic coordination; emotional tuning). The results allow to identify two different “forms” of normative family interactions in situation of micro-transition